City of North Las Vegas may declare state of emergency
By Jessica Janner. CREATED May 29, 2012
North Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- As budget battles continue in North Las Vegas, the city is considering declaring a fiscal state of emergency on June 1.
"I don't know how much more dramatic it can get before people understand that we're in an emergency situation," said City Manager Timothy Hacker.
It's no secret the city has been in dire circumstances, but now Hacker is pursuing an unprecidented measure: declaring a state of emergency in order to suspend portions of their union contracts to close what they say is a $33 million deficit.
"This is such a unique situation here in Nevada we could be the first one to ever employ this safety net," said Hacker. It's a move he says is necessary to maintain adequate emergency services since the unions won't make concessions.
A special meeting for the vote on the declaration will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, June 1 at City Hall.
But union leaders say if the vote goes through, it simply covers up the real problem: mismanagement.
"I think that's exactly it," said Mike Yarter, president of the North Las Vegas Police Officers Association. "Once the state does step in, Mr. Hacker won't be able to make the decisions at that point in time."
Yarter wants the State of Nevada to step in.
The unions at play say they've made plenty of concessions in the past and enough is enough, even tossing around the idea of filing an injunction if the vote goes through.
All three unions, (Fire, Police Officers, and Police Supervisors) tell Action News the city has failed to give them detailed financial information in order to make appropriate negotiations.
City Manager Tim Hacker, says "we don't consider this to be a game" and that the city is in bad shape.
The North Las Vegas Police Supervisors Association will have another meeting with Hacker on Wednesday.